Sunday, November 23, 2014

Cheerful Browns

I seem to be really into quite a simple look for Christmas cards at the moment. I've always liked the look of white on kraft, and I thought it would look good with the Cheerful Christmas set. I decided rather than having just white and Crumb Cake I would add Baked Brown Sugar into the mix. Now, doesn't that sound delicious, brown sugar and cake! And then there's Baker's Twine! Speaking of which, I thought it would be a bit thick to straight up use the Baker's Twine to suspend the ornaments, so I split the strand into it's four parts and used one of these. Much better! I think the rest of the card is pretty straight forward, but if you need any clarifications, just leave a comment below.

All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Baked Brown Sugar, Crumb Cake
Stamp sets: Cheerful Christmas
Ink: VersaMark
Accessories: white embossing powder, Scallop Edge Border punch, Whisper White Baker's Twine

Thursday, November 20, 2014

TBT - Winter Frost Star

A common theme that is already running through my Throw-back Thursday posts is patterned paper. The gorgeous stuff is seductive, and even when you do use it... it's amazing how far it can go! I was not a slacker with using last years Winter Frost paper, but I still have a good deal left. So much so, I had enough paper to make another of what I call a layered Finnish Star. The two I have made in the past can be found here and here. I again changed the sizes I was working with, keeping the large middle star made with 12" x 1" strips, the medium stars uses 8" x 1.7cm and the smallest star uses 6" x 1.3cm strips. Yep, still mixing my measurements... and no idea why I didn't go with the 6" x 1/2" measurements I used in the first star I made... although 1.3cm is much the same as 1/2". Anyway rather than doing glitter along the edges as I did last time, this time I chose to use Dazzling Details to highlight details on the paper designs. The effect is much more subtle, but also much easier and cleaner... though I still managed to get it on me ;)

All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: none
Stamp set: none
Ink: none
Accessories: Winter Frost patterned paper, mini glue dots, 1/8" white taffeta ribbon, Dazzling Details
Show watched while creating: Reign

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Wisteria Season

This time of year in Australia wisteria trees are well in bloom. It such a sign of summer, and from living in Queensland it makes me think of test cricket at the Gabba, closely followed by Christmas. And clearly, I have a thing for purple on Christmas cards ;) I was still wanting to play with the scroll look of the Letterpress Winter set, and since it shares this style with the Wintertime set I decided it was time to combine them. To make this card I inked the pattern of the Wintertime set with VersaMark, carefully avoiding the words, stamped it on Wisteria Wonder and embossed it in white. I then stamped the greeting from the Letterpress Winter set between in Wisteria Wonder ink. The largest die in the Apothecary Accents set fits this design well, though it is longer. To help fill the void I thought a pierced edge would work well. The background was done the same way as with the Flowering Filigree card.

All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Wisteria Wonder, Vellum, Whisper White
Stamp set: Letterpress Winter, Wintertime
Ink: Wisteria Wonder, VersaMark
Accessories: Wisteria Wonder Ruffled Ribbon, Scallop Trim Border punch, Apothecary Accents die, dimensionals, white embossing powder, paper piercing tool, Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack, Filigree Frame embossing folder

Thursday, November 13, 2014

TBT - Purple Snowflakes

For this weeks edition of Throw-back Thursday I am going back to the Festive Flurry stamps and dies I showed a few weeks ago. This card was kind of inspired by a Marvin Gaye Christmas song you don't hear a lot, unsurprisingly (cosidering the card...) called Purple Snowflakes. I stamped the snowflakes on vellum to soften their look and have a little of the underlying images to show through the layers. These were also "inked" with a mix of white shimmer paint coloured with reinkers, like the last Festive Flurry card I shared.

All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Perfect Plum, Smoky Slate, Whisper White
Stamp set: Festive Flurry, can't remmeber what the sentiment is from sorry! 
Ink: Perfect Plum
Accessories: Perfect Plum tafetta ribbon, Festive Flurry dies, Decorative Label punch, Apothecary Accents die, dimensionals, sponge daubers, white shimmer paint, Elegant Eggplant reinker, Perfect Plum reinker, Wisteria Wonder reinker, circle Fire Rhinestone brads

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Winter Pool Party

While it is Summer in Australia at Chritsmas time, and for some much of Christmas day is spent in the pool, there are still a lot of people who enjoy wintery Christmas cards. I also have a confession to make: I can be pedantic at times, and often baulk at snowflakes with eight "spokes" because this isn't accurate, snowflakes have six "spokes". That said, I loved the style of the Letterpress Winter and Wintertime sets that I completely didn't notice the snowflakes in this set indeed have eight spokes until I sat down to use the set! So, moving right along...

So for this card I wanted a cool and fresh look, minimalist in colours. To create some interest in what might otherwise have been a plain card I played with intensity of colour. The large snowflake was stamped in Pool Party ink, as were the smaller ones around it, but for the smaller ones I "stamped off" on scrap paper before stamping on my cardstock. This way what goes on the cardstock isn't the normal, full load of ink and you get a softer image. Over the top of this I embossed the sentiment in white, and around the edge I stamped the small snowflake again though this time using the Whisper White craft ink. My Whisper White ink pad could use some reinking, but I didn't want the outside snowflakes to compete for attention with the stark white sentiment in the middle so just used it as is to get a softer look for these snowflakes too.

All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Pool Party, Whisper White
Stamp set: Letterpress Winter
Ink: Pool Party, VersaMark, Whisper White
Accessories: white embossing powder
Shows watched while creating: Bones, Hawaii Five-0

Thursday, November 06, 2014

TBT - Merry Mosaic

Another mosaic Christmas card for Throw-back Thursday this week. This time I moved away fromt eh Winter Frost paper and teamed the Very Merry Tags mosaic image with the Modern Mosaic embossing folder. You just have to love the thought Stampin' Up! put into coordinating items across product ranges! To create the background I put the cardstock through the Big Shot with the Modern Mosaic embossing folder, then used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to help line up the mosaic image to stamp on the embossed mosaic shape. It was a little time consuming, but it was the only way to achieve the look I wanted.

Most supplies by Stampin' Up! 
Cardstock: Gumball Green, Garden Green, Whisper White 
Stamp sets: Very Merry Tags, Teeny Tiny Sentiments 
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Wisteria Wonder, VersaMark 
Accessories: Modern Mosaic embossing folder, Mosaic punch, Modern Label punch, dimensionals, gold brads, gold embroidery thread

Monday, November 03, 2014

Natural Birthday

Have you ever noticed that you have stopped using a particular colour? Recently I realised that I hadn't used the Naturals Ivory cardstock in a loooong time, so of course I have been using it a lot since that revelation! I often prefer it over Whisper White or even Very Vanilla for a general neutral colour, it has little flecks through it that give it a subtle interest where the other colours would be too stark and bland. For this card I went with a large area of Ivory and just a little bit of colour and decoration. To achieve the embossed stripes across the bottom I trimmed strips of cardstock to 1.4cm and carefully positioned them in the embossing folder (making the strip extra long and a spot of snail at each end helps keep it in place! And if it happens to tear a little while you are removing it fromt eh embossing folder it's not a problem, that bit will get trimmed off).

All supplies by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock: Mossy Meadow, Baked Brown Sugar, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Naturals Ivory
Stamp set: Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Ink: StazOn Jet Black
Accessories: Baked Brown Sugar Thick Baker's Twine, Arrows embossing folder